Perriello Aims to Rebuild Environmental-Labor Coalition in Southwest Virginia

Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk had a profile of Tom Perriello’s effort to rebuild an environmental-labor coalition in Southwest Virginia.

The piece examines how Perriello’s campaign against the pipeline and fossil fuels has lead him to leading there by a nearly 3 to 1.

“We have supported the pipeline from the beginning and that hasn’t changed,” says Jeff Rowe, president of the 10,000 member-strong Virginia Association of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “That being said, this election is about a lot more than pipeline.”

The IBEW said that they decided to endorse Perriello after he became the only candidate in the race to call for free two-year community college and repealing the state’s “right-to-work” law.”

Go to The Guardian and check out the whole piece:

 

About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil, and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he grew up in a UE union household. Email: [email protected]

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